I'm training for a half-marathon next month in New Orleans. This helps with my New Year's Resolution of getting and staying in shape. This past Saturday morning, I did something really stupid. Faced with the choice of running in the rain or getting off my training schedule, I ran eight miles in the rain. At … Continue reading New Year's Resolutions
My week was going just fine until I got hit from behind. I had great plans. Places to go and people to see. But that all changed in an instant when a pickup truck slammed into my tail-lift while I was stopped at a traffic light. Fortunately, no one was hurt and the other driver … Continue reading When Life Hits You from Behind
I caught Chicago in concert this past weekend. Let that sink in for a moment. These guys, who were on the cutting edge of progressive rock-jazz fusion in the early 1970s are still going strong in 2019. They've had ups and downs, but their powerful horn section sounds as good as ever as they burn … Continue reading Still Going Strong
I call this picture "a man and his puppy." I don't know this individual's name or circumstances. Only that he came by our shelter one day to eat lunch. He isn't famous and probably not rich. But to his puppy, he is everything. In my work among society's forgotten, I've learned that somebody needs you … Continue reading Somebody Needs You
The saying "hope is not a strategy" gets tossed around a lot. Politicians have used to to grill opponents and Instagram gurus have used it to get followers. Hey, I'm using it to make a point in this blog. And the point? Hope is not a strategy. Lots of people say it, but most unfortunately … Continue reading Hope is Not a Strategy
Victorious squirrel tenaciously conquers the bird feeder.
I recently saw the Rolling Stones in concert. Call it a bucket list item to see these bastions of rock music while they are still playing. In this rat race of daily goals, personal development and "crushing your destiny", remember that you should also take care of yourself. For me, this meant taking a day … Continue reading Take Care of Yourself
Things didn't work out for me today like I planned. I made my mental to-do list and hit the ground ready to tackle the day. I put on my positive attitude and faced the sunny side of life. Still, things didn't work out like I planned. Specifically, I proposed a well-intended project with the potential … Continue reading Don’t Give Up